McRae keen to keep Myler

Reds boss refusing to give up hope of scrum-half staying at the Willows

Last Updated: 24/06/09 12:01pm

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McRae: Still hopeful

McRae: Still hopeful

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Salford coach Shaun McRae remains hopeful that Richie Myler will extend his stay with the Reds, despite the scrum-half rejecting a new contract.

"It's very important that I continue to encourage him to play well and continue to encourage him to be at this club. Who knows, things might just turn around"
Shaun McRae Quotes of the week

The 19-year-old has become the hottest property in Super League after scoring 30 points for England in the mid-season international against France.

Myler has also crossed 12 times this season for the Reds, who reportedly offered him an extended deal that would have made him the highest player in the club's history.

Although Martin Offiah - the player's agent - revealed this week that the offer has been rejected, Salford boss McRae insists it will be business as usual.

Encouragement

"According to his agent that offer has not been accepted, but Richard Myler remains our player," he told Sky Sports News.

"He is our player until the end of 2010. He has to go about his business the same as I go about my business, or anybody else.

"It's very important that I continue to encourage him to play well and continue to encourage him to be at this club. Who knows, things might just turn around.

"Hopefully he will accept it, or maybe there has to be a bit of tinkering with the offer - I don't know. But, as far as I'm concerned, it's business as usual."

McRae is likely to be without Myler on Friday night, though, as he is struggling with a heel injury ahead of the clash with Huddersfield.

Video referee

Salford go into the match off the back of a narrow defeat away to Hull FC, though they believe they should left the KC Stadium with the two points.

Stefan Ratchford had a late try ruled out for a debatable offside decision, leading to further calls for video referees to be used at every game.

"If we can come up with a system where it's available, not just because it's a televised game but because it's affordable, and it will help determine accurately the outcome of games, rather than a bit of guesswork, then what can be wrong with that?," McRae added.

The Rugby Football League trialled the system at a non-televised match last year and plan to discuss the matter further at the end of the campaign.

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